NVAL 2020 Regional Juried Photography Show Prospectus

Exhibit  May 5 – June 6, 2020

NVAL Carter House Gallery, 48 Quartz Hill Road, Redding, CA 96003

PROSPECTUS                                                   Printable Version-Click Here

Regional Show Framing Program —  $15 to rent one of NVAL’s frames and have NVAL frame your work.  Click Here for Details!

ENTRY — Scroll to the bottom of the Prospectus, click on the “ENTER” link.


            First Place                                    $500

            Second Place                               $250

            Third Place                                   $100

            3 Merit Awards, Each                 $50

            6 Honorable Mentions 

Only juror-accepted work that is submitted for gallery exhibit will be eligible for awards.


Entry Period Opens Tuesday, January 21 (10:00 p.m.)
Entry Deadline Thursday, March 12 (6:00 p.m.)
Notice of Acceptance Thursday, March 26
Shipped Work & Work to be Framed by NVAL Due Thursday, April 14 – Saturday April 15
Hand-Delivered Work due Thursday, April 21 – Saturday May 2
Show Opens Tuesday, May 5
Reception and Awards Saturday, May 9,  5 -7 p.m.
Pick up Unsold Work Saturday, June 6, after 3 p.m.
Special arrangements can be made if you need to deliver your work before the dates above or if you are unable to pick up any unsold work on the specified day.  Please contact show chair.



This show is open to all photographers residing in Northern California and Southern Oregon as follows: 

  • Sonoma, Napa, Solano, Yolo, Sacramento, El Dorado counties and all counties north of these to the California border.
  • Southern Oregon counties of Coos, Douglas, Curry, Josephine, Jackson, Klamath, Lake, Harney, and Malheur.

All forms of photographic expression are encouraged – film and digital capture, both traditional and digital darkroom, along with photo manipulation.  All entries must be the entrant’s original work, i.e. the capture of the image as well as dark room and digital processing.  This does not preclude the use of professional labs for printing, resizing,   and film   development.

Images previously accepted into a NVAL Juried Photography Show are not eligible – with the exception of images accepted into a NVAL International Juried Photography Show as a Silver Selection.


Our purpose is to professionally exhibit your unique artwork in our gallery for patrons to view, appreciate and purchase.  Approximately 80 images will be exhibited at our spacious Carter House Gallery and also on the NVAL website.   The gallery is located in Caldwell Park, 48 Quartz Hill Road, Redding, CA 96003. 

The North Valley Art League is a non-profit, all volunteer organization.  Your entry fees cover the prize money and other expenses of running the photography show.  Any remaining monies help fund the operating expenses of the NVAL Carter House Gallery so that we can continue our goal of furthering the visual arts in the Northern California region. 


NVAL is pleased to have Jon McCallum as our juror this year. 

Jon Lynn McCallum is an artist based in Northern California, having studied art at College of the Redwoods, Humboldt State University, and California State University, Chico, where he achieved an MFA degree in Fine Art Photography. Since his education, McCallum has been teaching at Shasta College in Redding, CA, with courses including graphic design, digital art, and art history.

Highlights of his artistic history include attending workshops led by Holly Roberts, Dan Estabrook, and John Sexton, having some of his images chosen for exhibition by the renowned alternative-process photographer Christopher James, and exhibiting artworks at JayJay Gallery in Sacramento, CA. 

Much of his photography has featured a human figure covered by a sheet as a way of denying the camera’s (and our culture’s) insistence on outward appearances. With the figure “taking cover” through various scenes, attention to the internal, intangible stuff of human being is emphasized. McCallum has long been thankful for art’s ability to get under the surface of things and affirm the human spirit, even though, ironically, art itself is a kind of surface.



  • $33 for the first three entries.
  • $8 for each additional entry.
  • No limit on the number of submittals per entrant.
  • Initial judging of mages will be on-line, in electronic format as submitted.  Final judging for awards will be based on the framed prints presented for the Carter House Gallery exhibit.



Everyone who enters will receive an email notification regarding acceptance or non-acceptance by March 26, 2019.  Detailed instructions for delivery, shipping, and artwork identification will be provided in the acceptance notice. 



$15 to rent one of NVAL’s frames and have NVAL frame your work.

            Click Here for Framing Program Details



All accepted images submitted for exhibition must be printed and framed either professionally or in a professional manner.  Simple dark framing with white or off-white matting is recommended.  Works must be delivered ready to hang.   Maximum frame dimension is 40” and maximum weight is 12 pounds.   NVAL hangs with cable hooks, so please use only frame hangers, D-rings or split rings for your hanging hardware. 


If framed work does not substantially meet the appearance of the JPEG entry, or if the print quality, matting or framing are not suitable quality for gallery presentation, the NVAL may ask the artist to replace whichever element is not suitable.   If the artist is unwilling to meet these standards, the NVAL reserves the right to replace the entry with another work selected by the juror.



North Valley Art League

Carter House Gallery

48 Quartz Hill Road

Redding, CA  96003



There will be a 20 percent commission charged by the gallery on any piece that is sold.  California sales tax will be collected.

Entrants retain copyright of all their submitted images, subject to the NVAL Use Rights listed below.


By submitting photographs for judging, artists whose submissions are chosen for the exhibition grant the North Valley Art League the right to use their images for the purpose of marketing the exhibition, marketing the North Valley Art League’s programs and subsequent display on the NVAL website gallery exhibits.  Artists grant the use of their image(s) as stated without further contact or compensation from NVAL.  Artist’s recognition is provided with any use by NVAL.



Artists are solely responsible for the cost, care, protection, and insurance of their work during shipment to and from the Carter House Gallery.  For exhibited work, the North Valley Art League’s responsibility and liability for any damage or loss for whatever reason will be limited to the cost of printing and framing of the particular piece.  Every care will be taken to secure the safety of all exhibited works of art.



File Format

  • JPEG format.
  • File size no larger than 2 MB.
  • sRGB color space is recommended for the most accurate web version of your images.
  • Ideally, the longest side should be 1,280 pixels. If your image is LESS than 800 pixels on the longest side, you may want to resize it using the original, larger file.  If you do not have the original larger file, do not try to upsize your image.  You are better off submitting an image as small as 600 pixels on the longest side, rather than to distort the quality of the image by trying to increase the pixel dimension.
  • Please do not use your name in the title or filename.  Filename (not the title) must have only alphanumeric characters, underscores or dashes – NO other special characters such as ‘ “ ; : { } \ / or any of the characters found above the numbers on a regular keyboard (e.g., @, #, *, etc.), except the underscore and dash.


Tips on Using Our Online Entry Service (Smarter Entry)

  • You only need one Smarter Entry account for all competitions/organizations using the service.
  • Once you set up your account, you will be asked to select the 2019 Regional Juried Photography Show. Then use your credit card to pay the entry fee and proceed to enter your images. 
  • To view your images at full size double click on the thumbnail.
  • You may edit your entries or add additional images at any time up until the entry deadline.


North Valley Art League

Carter House Gallery

48 Quartz Hill Road, Redding, CA  96003

TO ENTER or EDIT your images  –  Click Here



Email regionalphotoshow@sbcglobal.net or call show chairperson, Bonnie Lampley, 530-604-3380 (please leave a message).